By our reckoning combining breast types and nipples, there are at least 90 different 'types' of breasts, and this excludes the impact of breast size, nipple colour or nipple size. Some people may call them boobs or tits, (actually, Mum’s Lounge identified 300 names for them), but it is safe to say that breasts are generally a worldwide obsession.
Whether it’s social media controversy for showing a female nipple, breastfeeding a baby, looking fabulous in an outfit, or as an intimate part of your relationship, there is no way to ignore breasts. Everyone’s breasts are different and individual to them, so if yours don't look like your friends or a celebrity you admire, remember that breasts are unique to each person and there isn't an ideal breast or nipple type.
Read on to find out about the different types of breasts and nipples and what procedures can help you achieve the look you desire.
Breast types may go by different names but, according to different sources, there are between 9 and 12 types of breast. At The Harley Medical Group, our experts have identified 10 different breast types.
Having some level of breast asymmetry is normal and nearly everyone has one breast that is slightly larger than the other. Most of the times, this is not something that needs correcting.
Asymmetrical breasts are of two noticeably different sizes with an uneven appearance noticeable with the naked eye. If someone is seeking to correct their asymmetrical breasts, a surgeon can assist by using two different implant sizes to create a more even appearance. However, it is to be noted that there may still be some variation in breast size.
Whether they are dictated by your genes or your exercise regimen, 'athletic' breasts are wider and more muscular looking, having more muscle and less breast tissue. If someone is seeking to enlarge athletic breasts - for either a more balanced or enhanced appearance - a surgeon can absolutely assist. The implant will need to be placed the beneath the muscle, so the recovery time may be slightly longer.
Bell-shaped breasts are shaped like a bell - narrower at the top and fuller at the bottom. Bell shape breasts are very common, especially after breastfeeding, when some fullness to the upper part of the breast may be lost.
If you are looking to correct bell-shaped breasts a surgeon may recommend a breast uplift and enlargement. This is not because your breasts are sagging, but because a breast augmentation alone may emphasise the bell-shape, giving a saggy appearance.
Slender breasts refer to the width across the ribcage, rather than the breast's protrusion (how far they stick out). Slender breasts are narrow and long, with nipples pointing downwards. They are thinner in shape, but can still be large i.e. not all slender breasts are small.
If you are looking to alter slender breasts, a surgeon may recommend a breast uplift with or without an enlargement. If a breast enlargement alone is performed, the implant will sit behind the downwards pointing nipple, giving a sagging appearance.
Similar to slender breast, but not the same, tubular breasts or conical breasts are shaped like tubes or cones. They may appear oval, pointed or square shaped rather than round. Tubular breasts are often lacking in breast tissue both vertically and horizontally, with one breast noticeably larger than the other.
Tubular breasts tend to be smaller in appearance. While not rare, tubular breast are one of the least common types of breast, which is why some women can become conscious of their different appearance and seek to have them altered. To address conical breasts, a surgeon can insert a rounded implant and reduce the size of the areola.
This refers to the position of the nipples. East-West breast's nipples point outward (left and right), away from the centre of your body. If someone is seeking to alter their East-West breasts, a surgeon should advice that while they can enlarge or lift the breast, it may accentuate the location of the nipple rather than centralise them. The overall position of the nipple cannot be guaranteed following surgery.
Relaxed breasts are similar in appearance to slender breasts. Relaxed, or 'sagging breasts' have looser breast tissue making the breasts hang downwards in addition to lower placed nipples. If seeking to alter relaxed breasts a surgeon would recommend either a reduction or an uplift depending on the desired result.
Both a reduction and an uplift can be teamed with a breast enlargement. While it may seem odd that people would want a breast reduction and an enlargement, this combination is not all that uncommon - it's all about the shape of the breasts in the end result.
Some people regard these as different breast types based on the location on the rib-cage (close-set sit closer to the centre of your chest, creating more distance between your underarm and your breast). And though there are always exceptions, both close-set and round breasts tend to be rounded in shape. This means they have an equal amount of fullness at the top and the bottom and produce a fuller cleavage look, which is why surgeons associate the two types.
Many people who have undergone breast enlargement surgery have more rounded results. As the most common breast shape, it is often the most sought-after result with breast enlargement surgery.
The teardrop breast is a middle ground between the round and the bell shaped breasts. The teardrop breast is similar to the round breast towards the bottom, in that it has a fuller shape, but it has less tissue at the top of the breast. Although it is similar to the bell shape, the teardrop has more tissue at the top of the breast.
If you are looking to alter teardrop breasts, a surgeon may recommend an uplift and enlargement. This is not because your breasts are sagging, but because an enlargement alone may emphasise the fuller bottom of the breast, thus creating a sagging profile.
Admittedly, this is less of a breast shape and more a location on the rib-cage, but it does count as a type of breast. Side-set breasts can be any 'shape' but are further apart, with more space between them at the breast bone. If you are looking to make side-set breasts more centralised, a surgeon may recommend a breast augmentation to reduce the space between the breasts.
You may think that 'a nipple is a nipple' but we beg to differ. These little sources of unnecessary controversy vary greatly in colour, size, shape and key features. There are far too many variations to cover, our experts have identified 9 key nipple features.
There are 5 key factors that influence the shape of your breasts.
Please remember that while our articles are accurate at the time of writing, if you have any questions please come in and meet a member of our team for a no obligation consultation. If you have any concerns about your breast health, please seek the medical advice immediately.
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